A Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN), has called on traditional rulers and community leaders to use their powers and influence to facilitate development of the health sector in their areas.
The Kwara State Coordinator of ACOMIN, Mr Olatunbosun Oluwafemi made the call at the palace of Ologu Jimba of Jimba-Oja Land in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, Oba Jimoh Oyewale Akanni.
ACOMIN is a civil society group engaged by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) under the on-going Global Fund (GF) malaria grant for advocacy and accountability of the project.
ACOMIN was at the palace of Oba Akanni with his team as part of its monthly advocacy programme.
Oluwafemi noted that government alone could not satisfy health needs of the people and emphasised the need for traditional rulers and community leaders to contribute their quota in ensuring that health facilities in the areas are in good state.
He said it is not good enough that residents of Jimba Oja community prefer to receive medical treatment in the neighbouring communities when they have one facility that could effectively cater for their health needs.
The ACOMIN coordinator made a passionate appeal to Oba Jimoh Oyewale Akanni to use his resources and influence to give
Jimba Oja Basic Health Centre the required facelift.
This, according to him will not only complement government’s efforts but also encourage residents to receive medical treatment in the community.
Oluwafemi also urged medical personnel in the facility to be up and doing and avoid charging the patients when there is no need for such.
In their remarks, ACOMIN Secretary, Mr Olusesan Adewoye and the State Programme Officer for ACOMIN, Mrs Folake Iseyemi also advised traditional rulers to work together with community development associations in their areas in taking charge of their medical facilities to ensure the wellbeing of their people.
In his response, Ologu Jimba, Oba Oyewale Akanni appreciated Global Fund for committing huge resources to the eradication of malaria in Nigeria.
The traditional ruler also thanked ACOMIN for holding people in charge accountable and putting them on their toes.
He, however, assured the organisation of his readiness to use his influence and resources to give
Jimba Oja Basic Health Centre the required facelift, even as he specifically promised to address the problem of electricity in the facility within two weeks.
The group was also at the office of the Director Pharmacy, Kwara State Ministry of Health, Pharmacist Barakat Olarewaju, who noted that with the efforts of ACOMIN, there is better accountability than before because the key stakeholders are now being put on their toes.
Pharmacist Olarewaju congratulated the team for the extension of the project to the year 2023, which she attributed to the untiring efforts of the team and the commitment of the stakeholders.
Oluwafemi used the visit to appeal to the state government through the ministry to design jingles on patients’ rights so that they could be better informed.
The group also held the monthly coordination meeting for the month of August 2020 where CBOs gave the reports of their various activities.